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SPYRUS Announces New Ruggedized Water Resistant Versions of Certified Windows To Go Live Drives

Extended Family of 32/64/128 and 256GB Drives Features Only Windows To Go Drive With XTS-AES 256-Bit Hardware Encryption, FIPS 140-2 Level 3, RSA and ECC PKI Coupled With Unique Managed Read Only Security Option and Data Vault Storage Compartments

SAN JOSE, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 07/21/14 -- SPYRUS today announced a new highly ruggedized water-resistant version of their Portable Workplace, Secure Portable Workplace, WorkSafe and WorkSafe Pro portable SSD live drives Microsoft certified for Windows To Go 8.1 designed for environmentally challenging portable computing environments such as military, law enforcement, construction, or workplaces with extreme weather and temperature conditions. The drive can function in temperatures as low as 0C degrees or as high as 70C degrees, and function if accidentally submerged in water. These drives are ideal for a new generation of rugged laptops and portable computers.

Available in 32, 64, 128, and 256 GB versions, the PKI enabled WorkSafe and WorkSafe Pro drives address a rapidly developing need for trusted mobility solutions that transform almost any laptop or desktop into a trustworthy workspace using RSA or Elliptic Curve Cryptography (ECC). The live drives provide contractors, remote workers, teachers, students, and telecommuters with a complete operating environment that includes extensive features that can be tailored for a wide variety of use cases, including managed read-only options that have no persistent data storage to mitigate data exfiltration.

"Technical leadership, hardware security, FIPS 140-2 Level 3 PKI capabilities, and ultra-high performance make the new rugged SPYRUS family of live drives the choice for next-generation Windows To Go platforms," said Tom Dickens, SPYRUS COO. "By using the new rugged, portable drives, businesses, government agencies and educational institutions can finally realize significant cost savings by repurposing employee-owned or corporate legacy computers."

Additionally, the entire family of drives can be configured to have Data Vault storage compartments externally accessible from the host platform for use as a secure USB storage device. SPYRUS live drives implement the most advanced XTS-AES 256 mode in all hardware encrypting versions and features the unique ToughBoot™ defense of the Windows operating system, while multiple security functions secure documents and identity credentials from tampering and theft with layered hardware and software encryption, depending on the particular model.

WorkSafe and WorkSafe Pro live drives provide a made-in-USA, trusted Windows 8.1 endpoint for network access and simultaneously protect enterprise networks with multi-factor authentication using smart card digital certificates. These drives are an industry first in a family of live drives that embed FIPS 140-2 Level 3 hardware smart card chips to provide tamper-proof digital certificates for authentication and encryption. WorkSafe Pro adds AES-256 XTS hardware encryption for the highest assurance applications. Enterprises can leverage their investment in public key and smart card infrastructures, extending their trusted foundation for smart card login, VPN access, secure email, and authenticated online collaboration.

The SPYRUS ToughBoot™ loader, digitally signed by Microsoft, mitigates against hacking attacks during the boot sequence when using the UEFI Secure Boot available on newer computers. If any tampering or malfunction of hardware or firmware is detected, the boot process will not continue.

The SPYRUS Windows To Go drives maintain compatibility with the optional SPYRUS Enterprise Management System (SEMS). Combining a public key with a smart card-enabled echo system and SPYRUS security applications extends a true end-to-end security approach for enterprise smart card and PKI infrastructure to mobile users. With SEMS device management, enterprise administrators can centrally register, block/unblock, revoke, set policies, audit, and "kill" SPYRUS Windows To Go drives.

Related Links

Windows To Go Video http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/jj737992

Windows 8.1 Enterprise http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/enterprise/products-and-technologies/windows-8-1/enterprise-edition.aspx

About SPYRUS, Inc.

SPYRUS delivers innovative encryption solutions that offer the strongest protection for data in motion, data at rest and data at work. For over 20 years, SPYRUS has delivered leading hardware-based encryption, authentication, and digital content security products to government, financial, and health care enterprises. To prevent the insertion of untrusted components, patented Secured by SPYRUS™ security technology is proudly designed, engineered, and manufactured in the USA to meet FIPS 140-2 Level 3 standards. SPYRUS has collaborated closely with Microsoft to deliver the first certified hardware encrypted portable platform for Windows 7, Windows 8 and Window 8.1. SPYRUS is headquartered in San Jose, California. See www.spyruswtg.com for more information.

SPYRUS, the SPYRUS logo, SPYRUS Enterprise Management System (SEMS), Portable Workplace, WorkSafe, and ToughBoot are either registered trademarks or trademarks of SPYRUS, Inc., in the U.S. and/or other jurisdictions. All other company, organization, and product names are trademarks of their respective organizations.

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